"Max Payne" Brings Grit and Noir to Comics

Today, Rockstar Games announced their partnership with Marvel’s Custom Studios group to produce a three-part story tying into the first and second games in the series, along with providing details about the troubled New York cop’s likely troubled early life, subsequently leading up to the events in the May release of Max Payne 3.

The miniseries will initially be released digitally on the Rockstar Newswire site, starting with the first chapter, “After the Fall,” with the plan for the first and later stories to be collected in a limited print edition sometime down the line. Writers Dan Houser and Sam Lake of Remedy (Alan Wake) are providing the scripts here with Greg Horn (Marville) providing covers and Fernando Blanco on pencils/inks.

The comic treatment isn’t really such a big jump for Max Payne: major story elements from the first two games on the PC and last-gen consoles presented the story in a comic panel style featuring voiceover from the lead character as he shot his way through the corrupt underbelly of New York City crime.

Max Payne 3 is coming to the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on May 15th.

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